Mission statements are extremely important. Any business, church, or organization that’s moving forward has one and sticks to it.
A mission statement is like a compass. It keeps you heading in the right direction when distractions or hard times come. It keeps you focused on the main thing and urges you onward when passion wanes and feelings just aren’t there.
Since mission statements are so vital to organizations, I think they should be important to individuals as well. After all, a stated ideal and standard for living helps to keep us moving toward the life God has for us when circumstances are draining our focus and passion.
A few years ago, I developed a personal mission statement that I could hang on the wall as a reminder when the going gets tough. Needless to say, I reread it A LOT to keep me committed to what matters most.
Maybe it will inspire you to prayerfully write one. What do you think?
I commit to always strive to grow in The Lord until the end of my days here on earth. I commit to cultivating intimacy with God, communicating to Him through sincere prayer, passionate worship, and acts of service to Him and His people. I will not give begrudgingly or sparingly, but I will give all of myself in relationship to Him because He worthy of this and far more. I will read, listen, and run hard after Him with all of my soul, mind, and strength.
I commit to loving my wife with undying faithfulness, unrelenting commitment, and tender affection. I will strive to treat her with great understanding knowing that she is my equal partner and God’s gift of new life according to 1st Peter 3:7. I will raise my children in the way they should go and teach them to choose the right path according to Proverbs 22:6. I will love them, protect them, care for their needs, and be a godly father to them. I will be patient, gentle, nurturing, and honoring to my family. I will refuse to allow work, hobbies, relationships, ministry, or the cares of this world to come between my family and me.
I commit to God’s calling on my life to creatively communicate His love and hope, to invest and lead those He gives me the privilege to do so with, and to be a blessing to those around me and abroad. I will not forsake my calling because my calling will not forsake me according to Romans 11:29. I promise to give, love, pray, sing, build, work, serve, and go beyond my limits for the sake of the call because His love compels me and my love for Him is beyond words!
Always and Forever,